Essential Reads

How Millennials Do Valentine's Day

By Kit Yarrow Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in The Why Behind the Buy
Millennials shop and buy differently than older generations - here's why the experiential Valentine's Day is winning over candy and flowers.

Breaking the S Barrier in New Hampshire

The Great Depression brought FDR and the New Deal. Now, the Great Recession seems to have allowed the word "socialism" to come in from the cold in American politics.

How to Make Public Bike-Sharing More Popular

Many consumers see urban bicycling as risky. Managing riders' physical risk perceptions is crucial for adoption & growth of ride-sharing programs.

5 Reasons It's So Hard to End a Friendship

Hanging onto relationships that make you feel worse, not better, is a poor choice when it comes to your emotional and physical well-being.

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How Insecurity Happens and How to Overcome It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 02, 2015 Ambigamy
"Flow" happens when we're "in the groove." Anxiety arises when we "lose our groove." Here we explore how grooves are made.

When Debt Is Overwhelming

By Michael F. Kay on December 02, 2015 Financial Life Focus
When facing a financial mess, sometimes the first thing to do is relieve yourself of guilt so that you can be productive in moving forward.

A Different Kind of Global Warming: Our Emotional Footprint

As our Carbon Footprint leads to Global Warming and threatens our planet, our Emotional Footprint puts us in jeopardy if it is rancorous (negative) instead of benevolent (positive)

Why Leaders Often Lose Loyalty... Unnecessarily

By Victor Lipman on November 29, 2015 Mind of the Manager
“At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” Though in this famous quote Maya Angelou wasn’t commenting on management or leadership specifically, she might as well have been...

Why Don't Bankers Learn?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on November 28, 2015 Hidden Motives
Banks Keep on Incurring Massive Penalties.

The Meaning of Life

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on November 26, 2015 Fighting Fear
Description of the Discovery of the Meaning of Life! Including from the perspective of a frog

9 Signs Your Child Has Entitlement Issues

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 Singletons
If you are an overly involved or protective parent, you probably feed your child’s sense of entitlement. Learn how to turn the tide.

Four 2015 Twists to Holiday Shopping

If you're like most, you'll be shopping differently this year. Here are four ways that this holiday shopping season will be different this year.

Standard Interpretations in Psychotherapy

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on November 22, 2015 Fighting Fear
Psychotherapists who cannot think of something sensible to say sometimes make facile interpretations which do not apply to any particular patient and which are, for the most part, wrong.

5 Key Elements Of Sustainable Change

If you want to know whether someone will stick to a given goal (resolution) you will need to know how specific/realistic the goal, about his motivation, his level of confidence, and the strength of his willpower.

New Employee Survey Underscores the Value of Feeling Valued

By Victor Lipman on November 18, 2015 Mind of the Manager
A new survey shows how few employees feel valued at work and see meaningful advancement opportunities — and why this matters for retention.

Why Are Drugs So Outrageously Expensive?

By Allen J Frances M.D. on November 18, 2015 Saving Normal
The drug industry is the most profitable on earth because it has exercised its power to price gouge. The combination of mounting public outrage, frequent media exposure, and the politics of this election season now provide the critical ingredients for possible change.

How to Use Social Affinity Groups to Engage Customers

A simple, cheap and effective method to use current social memberships of customers to influence their long-term behaviors.

One Key to Effective Management: Plain Old Common Sense

By Victor Lipman on November 17, 2015 Mind of the Manager
Most people like to be treated the way you like to be treated. Why wouldn't they?

Millennials to the Rescue

How are millennials leading the charge to constructive social change? They are moving away from traditional social approaches to categorization of people (and hence marginalization) to increased inclusion increasing the possible health and well-being of others.

Why Are Republicans so Bad for Business?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 17, 2015 The Human Beast
Republican politicians bill themselves as pro-business, pro-growth, and pro-opportunity. Yet the financial facts say otherwise. Republican administrations bring hard times, for rich and poor alike. Why are their results so different from their aims? Perhaps Democrats are better at motivating workers.

Romance Is Bad for Our Mental Health

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 17, 2015 Ambigamy
The tendency to treat life's rough, uncertain ride as romantic fiction runs and ruins our personal and social lives. Romance ignores chance in favor of fate, probabilities in favor of certainties, details in favor of destinies. It glorifies us and vilifies anyone who gets in our way. It turns love into a sugar high and crash and makes a mess of politics.

Change, the Not So New Norm

We talk about change all the time. Yet, in spite of the frequency with which it occurs, we are not skilled at managing it. Here are some tips to guide you through the process.

20 Other Possible Reasons They Said No

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 10, 2015 Ambigamy
A rejection is not necessarily all about you. Here are some examples of other things it could be about.

Redesigning the Dollar

The recent discussion of putting a woman on the $10 bill to replace Alexander Hamilton (though others have suggested replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 instead) have made this an opportune moment to consider making more extensive changes in our currency.

Psychiatry’s Med Check: Is 15 Minutes Enough?

Goodbye 50 minute therapy visits, the new mode of treatment by psychiatrists are short medication-focused appointments. Here are some ideas to work with and hopefully change the status quo.

Why We Still Give A Man A Fish

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 09, 2015 Ambigamy
Every truism is a half-truth, and if you want to get at the other half ask yourself why, if it’s so damned true, do people have to keep repeating it?

A Reasonable Dietary Goal for Today

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on November 08, 2015 Fighting Fear
Dieters fail because they think of dieting in the wrong way. Setting deadlines is counter-productive. Success in dieting can be measured each day

Is Marriage the Cure for Poverty?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 06, 2015 The Human Beast
Marriage is correlated with prosperity in the U.S. So many conservatives promote marriage as a financial elixir. Yet this perspective is scientifically flawed. It also suffers from too narrow a geographical focus on conditions in the U.S.

How to Overcome Fear of Rejection

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 05, 2015 Ambigamy
Fear of rejection is largely fear of having to rethink your approach. Here are three sane ways to over- or under-reacting to negative feedback.

Five Steps to Avoid Going Broke Over the Holidays

By Michael F. Kay on November 05, 2015 Financial Life Focus
Halloween is over, but for some the real nightmare holiday is approaching.

Optimal Time for Fund Raising and Grant Writing

How many hours should I spend preparing a grant application or a VC funding pitch? Does this depend on how large the grant is? Is there a way to optimally allocate time/effort given different grants have different funding rates? I might get some partial credit...

The Real Reason to Care About Employee Engagement

By Victor Lipman on November 04, 2015 Mind of the Manager
Mindset matters. Attitude is a difference maker. It's not about sensitivity. It's about productivity.

New Insight on Climate and Work Effort

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 03, 2015 The Human Beast
Historians and economists point to favorable climate as an advantage enjoyed by Europeans so that these countries developed early, became wealthier, and dominated the globe through innovation, military aggression, and trade. I wondered whether unpleasant climate saps work motivation.

Getting In the Way of Our Own Old-Age Well-being

How do loss aversion and the above-average effect influence people's decisions about where to spend their later years?